Gutter & Downspout Maintenance
Gutters and downspouts are designed to move rainwater and snowmelt away from your home. They must be kept cleaned and in place to ensure that they work effectively, including gutters with guards.
But what happens when you don’t winterize your outside faucets or gutters? Excess rainwater and snowmelt can spill against walls and windows and saturate the home’s foundation, causing foundation, gutter and downspout damage.
At Green Clean, our Minnesota-based restoration experts have seen a lot of things in a variety of homes and commercial properties. As a result, we are happy to offer some guidance in this area.
Follow these steps to safeguard your gutters and downspouts from the blistering cold so that they continue operating correctly.
Time needed: 1 to 2 hours
Frequency: each year in the fall
Number of steps: 3
Tools Needed: ladder, goggles or safety glasses, rubber gloves, small scoop or garden shovel, garden hose with spray attachment
STEP 1: Locate Key Areas
STEP 2: Plan Ahead for Maintenance
STEP 3: Keep them Clean
You can prevent water damage to your home by winterizing outside faucets each fall. Winter temperatures can freeze the water that is trapped in outside faucets and pipe connections.
If you are wondering whether your outside faucets should be left open or closed in winter, turning off the water supply to outside faucets is the best way to prevent this problem.
Time Needed: 30 minutes
Frequency: each fall
Number of Steps: 3 to 4
Tools Needed: small pail or container, stool or ladder, towel, pliers, crescent wrench
STEP 1: Locate Outside Faucets
STEP 2: Locate Inside Shutoff Valves
STEP 3: Turn off water
Learning what to do with winterizing outside faucets and gutters is one thing, and maybe you want to do that yourself. That’s fine. But if you find yourself overwhelmed or in need of restoration services for your Minneapolis area home or commercial property, contact Green Clean. Our IICRC certified experts can remove your water damage and restore your space to a healthy environment.
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